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Great moments in Kentucky trash talking history


JoJo Kemp’s comments about beating Florida took off like wildfire today, to the point that someone at Florida put them on a poster and hung it in the Gators’ locker room. You can look at this a number of ways. On one hand, it’s never good to give the other team bulletin board material, but at the same time, what does it say about Florida that they’ve beaten us 27 times in a row and still use JoJo’s comments as motivation? As someone pointed out on Twitter today, when has UK football ever created bulletin board material for the other team?

While the outcome of the game will decide whether JoJo’s comments are epic or an epic fail, it got me thinking about the great moments in Kentucky trash talk history. Here are just a few I can remember…

March 1999: Jamaal Magloire to Wally Szczerbiak

Magloire loved to talk trash, and couldn’t resist getting into Wally Szczerbiak’s head when the Cats played Miami in the 1999 Midwest Regional. After UK won, Magloire told reporters what he told Wally. “I told him it was my world. I told him it’s Jamaal’s world and he’s just a small fry living in it.”

And then he ran over the mascot:

October 2006: Dicky Lyons, Jr. guarantees, then delivers, a win over Mississippi State

If UK football has had one famous trash talker over its history, it’s Dicky Lyons, Jr. Back in 2006, Lyons guaranteed a victory over Mississippi State in a press conference, and a week later, had a career game to help the Cats beat the Bulldogs 34-31 in Starkville. Lyons had eight catches for 117 yards and one touchdown, which was an incredible one-handed grab at the back of the endzone:

Lyons later said that while Rich Brooks was mad and made him run a lot of gassers after practice, the other players joined him because they respected his confidence.

February 2010: DeMarcus Cousins to Mississippi State: “Call Me”

After Mississippi State fans found his cell phone number and left several nasty voicemails, DeMarcus Cousins did most of his talking on the court, putting up 19 points and 14 rebounds against the Bulldogs in Starkville. However, Boogie being Boogie, he couldn’t help but flash the “Call me” sign to the crowd after a big dunk.

March 2011: Anthony Davis to Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear: “You all lost to Morehead State”

Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear, Marquis Teague and Anthony Davis filmed a video during the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game, and it’s pretty much 10 minutes of non-stop trash talk. However, Davis won the day when he grabbed the mic and told Wayne and Chane “You all lost to Morehead State,” a zinger that rendered the Louisville signees speechless. Even they had to laugh at that one.

March 2011: DeAndre Liggins to West Virginia “Do the John Wall now!”

We all remember UK’s loss to West Virginia back in 2010. It was awful. DeAndre Liggins definitely remembers it, and didn’t miss out on the opportunity to get a little revenge when the Cats beat the Mountaineers in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. That’s just one of Liggins’ many trash talking moments, which include his trademark line of “Don’t do it,” his non-stop banter with Scotty Hopson, and this rant we can only see against UNC in the Elite Eight:

November 2011: Tennessee’s Da’Rick Rogers: “Now we have to go beat Kentucky – like we always do.” 

Tennessee wide receiver Da’Rick Rodgers was so cocky after the Vols beat Vandy (!) that he told reporters, “Now we have to go beat Kentucky – like we always do.” No word on how Rodgers felt after Kentucky snapped the 26-game losing streak against UT the next week…with a wide receiver at QB.

August 2012: High schooler talks trash to John Wall, gets schooled

Back in 2012, Tyrek Coger was considered the 60th best center in ESPN’s 2013 rankings, and talked some major smack to John Wall, who challenged him to a game of one-on-one. The results are priceless.

March 2013: Marshall Henderson to the fake Ryan Harrow account

Remember that time Marshall Henderson, notorious trash talker, talked trash to a fake Ryan Harrow account? Someone impersonating Harrow provoked Marshall on Twitter, and Marshall responded because he’s Marshall. He’s deleted the tweets since, but he told (fake) Harrow to “HA get to the tournament bitch before you talk shit to a #BOSS, howd that NIT go? HAHAHAHAHA” and “talkin shit … please tell him to take that NIT ass to the back of the bus LOL, you bout to get cut #bum.”

Wow. While Marshall had a point about that whole NIT thing, it’s worth pointing out that he ended his career 0-3 against the Cats.

June 2013: Dorian Hendrix and Mikel Horton roast Louisville about not getting Mike Edwards

In June 2013, safety Mike Edwards chose Kentucky over several schools, including Louisville, which led to Edwards’ fellow 2014 UK commits Dorian Hendrix and Mikel Horton engaging in their first smack talk session with the Cards:

Well, if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Mark Stoops’ recruits, it’s that they’re not shy. Also, while JoJo’s comments weren’t exactly wise, if the Cats do win on Saturday, he’ll be a Kentucky football legend.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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17 Comments for Great moments in Kentucky trash talking history

  1. NorthernKYcatfan
    8:40 pm September 10, 2014 Permalink

    When did Henderson beat UK?

  2. Twix
    8:57 pm September 10, 2014 Permalink

    Ramel vs. Bogut

  3. Liggins
    9:20 pm September 10, 2014 Permalink

    Best part of Liggins vs. UNC is the fact a few seconds before he was almost in tears, should start that clip a little earlier.

  4. Tycobbn
    9:36 pm September 10, 2014 Permalink

    2011 to where are they now? Ricky P’s burger boys: Blackbeard and benehanana = one still on The tards roster chronically underachieving, the other smoking the chronic on his couch somewhere. Cal’s burger boys: The Brow and the Bulldog, BOTH in the NBA! One a top 5 player in the league. Way to develop that talent lil Rick!

  5. catdaddyd
    10:07 pm September 10, 2014 Permalink

    I think Wall got schooled by the high schooler. Number one over all pick barely beat high schooler.

    • catdaddyd
      11:23 pm September 10, 2014 Permalink

      Peyton Siva was better….

    • Wait, WHAT?!?!
      11:37 pm September 10, 2014 Permalink

      “Wall got schooled”??? The other dude even said at the end that he got beat….

    • Chicago Chris
      12:10 am September 11, 2014 Permalink

      Well, WALL, didn’t get schooled – Wall clearly won, but it doesn’t match what this article said… Coger held his own, mostly by hitting a few jump shots. Still, I’d feel pretty good about it if I were Coger. I can’t find any stats on the guy. Committed to Middle TN St last year, but not on their roster?

    • ukjaybrat
      8:45 am September 11, 2014 Permalink

      did you miss the part where wall didn’t lace his shoes or really play defense most of the time?

      he only scored at all on those long js where wall just stood there….

  6. GoCats2010
    11:07 pm September 10, 2014 Permalink

    The GOAT was Jodie vs UT when he hit the FT to get him 50 points, looks at Bobby Maze and says “Fitty”

  7. GoCats2010
    11:08 pm September 10, 2014 Permalink

    And anytime Woo talks about uofl

  8. Nurse
    5:43 am September 11, 2014 Permalink

    My all time favorite is “Call Me” and the picture of Cousins

  9. dsparklender
    6:20 am September 11, 2014 Permalink

    what about Liggins after the West Virginia or Ohio State game stating”guess you guys heading home,huh?”

  10. Mr_Kentucky_Basketball
    10:12 am September 11, 2014 Permalink

    Just talked to a guy who played with the 74 cats. He said that someone was quoted saying it was the first-time tennessee wasn’t scared off kentucky. 24-3 vols.

  11. Stuffed Cat
    11:26 am September 11, 2014 Permalink

    I would love to read the transcript of Ramel Bradley jawing with Andrew Bogut in the NCAA tourney. I know Bradley was speaking Brooklyn jive because Bogut looked as if he needed an interpreter. The visual itself was funny enough I can’t imagine what he said to the Australian giant.

  12. littlecreek
    12:30 pm September 11, 2014 Permalink

    What about Eddie Sutton in Dec. ’86 saying that UL will always be like a “little brother” to UK? UL was the defending national champs & Sutton was talking trash to them in response to Crum saying that UL was the team of the decade at that time.